Andrea Bocelli will perform a special live concert from Milan Cathedral, Duomo di Milano, on Easter Sunday in a bid to send ‘love, healing and hope’ to the world amid the Coronavirus pandemic.

The world-renowned opera singer will perform a selection of works from sacred texts, accompanied by pianist Emanuele Vianelli. Among the pieces will be, Bach’s “Ave Maria”, Rossini’s “Domine Deus” and “Amazing Grace”.

“It will not be an actual concert, but an occasion to pray together through music”, said the singer. “It will be a sacred singing, because as we are taught, ‘those who sing pray twice’. It will be an invitation for everyone to join in the prayer”, Bocelli added.

Milan’s incredible Duomo Cathedral will provide a perfect setting for this unique performance.

Due to the isolation measure in force in Italy, as well as much of the world, there will be no audience inside the Duomo for the concert. Bocelli will be perform alone, save for his accompanist, within the historic and ornate surroundings of the Cathedral. The concert will however be streamed live to a huge audience around the world.

“The church will be empty, but we will be a vast, interconnected multitude of people thanks to the web. We will be united by a bliss for beauty which is, by itself, even for those who do not believe, healing”, the singer added.

Mayor of Milan, Giuseppe Sala, said: ‘I am sure that the extraordinary voice of Bocelli will be the embrace we are missing these days, a strong, special hug, capable of warming the heart of Milan, Italy and the world.’

Bocelli’s special live Easter concert will be available to stream from 6PM UK time.